U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, this week introduced the Protections Against Terrorist Transfer Act of 2016 (S. 2780) along with U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.). The legislation would provide Congressional oversight of the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees. It would prohibit the transfer or release of any individual detained at GITMO to the custody of any foreign country unless the Secretary of Defense certifies to Congress that the individual no longer poses a continuing threat to the security of the United States, its citizens and its interests.
 “As this administration works to deplete the number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to achieve a campaign promise — a promise that is in clear violation of the law — it is critical to our national security that Congress has a role in the transfer authorization process,” Moran said. “The current process is entirely subjective and allows detainees to be transferred and released who may still pose a threat to our national security. Creating more risk at a time when our country faces security challenges worldwide is irresponsible, and I will continue fighting to keep these detainees at GITMO.”
 S. 2780 also retracts the automatic authorization to transfer or release an individual detained at GITMO after the submission of a 30-day notification to Congress. In its place, the legislation requires certification submission to the appropriate committees no later than 30 days after the Secretary makes a determination on the transfer or release.